Annalise and the Keating 4 see how far they'll go to keep themselves safe as the night of the fire reveals who killed Wes.

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Annalise and the Keating 4 see how far they'll go to keep themselves safe as the night of the fire reveals who killed Wes.

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A rather disappointing finale considering the build-up
24 February 2017 | by (Blandon, PA) – See all my reviews

"He Made a Terrible Mistake" sets up many plot points to be investigated in the final episode. ADA Denver is revealed to be the person behind trying to get Annalise, Connor is now stuck in a compromising position with Denver, and someone was outside the house as Connor was leaving and the fire was burning.

Did it stick the landing?

Well... yes and no. In some ways, "Wes" is a great finale, providing some closure to a couple story lines. But in others, it feels disappointing. It feels much like last year's "Anna Mae," a finale that I've come around to, but a finale that also manages to spend too much time focused on other things and not the mystery that has been driving the back half of the season.

The episode opens with Annalise going to New York to meet with Sylvia Mahoney. This isn't a bad scene, but the problem is that it has nothing to do with the rest of the episode. After this, the only mention of it is that Annalise believes she's innocent. Did we need to waste the first 15 minutes on this, especially in the middle of a two-hour finale?

Annalise gets back, and we get some scenes of Connor in a basement being kept hostage by Denver. This is easily the worst part of the episode for me, because while Benito Martinez turns in a chilling performance, it's so unbelievable that an ADA would keep Connor in a basement and nobody aside from the Keating 5 would be looking for him.

And speaking of the Keating 5, it feels a lot like they have been changing over the past season, and not in a great way. Laurel is so quick to judge that it's Connor, despite being given all the evidence to the contrary, and so is Asher. I find this to just be TEDIOUS. We need to stop having all this infighting, especially because it ends up being pointless.

The best scenes in the episode are the ones focused on Wes and Annalise. Wes gets his final moments, and Connor wasn't kidding when he said he died a horrible death. It's heartbreaking. And I love the juxtaposition between Annalise dishonoring his memory and his death. Really well handled. Also, Annalise's meeting at the end of the episode is an appropriate note to end the third season on.

What's not really well handled is the fact that apparently Laurel's dad sent a hit-man whom Laurel knows to kill Wes? Why would he do that? Is it race-motivated? Because I swear to god if one more thing on this show happens because of race...

Overall, "Wes" isn't awful. It's certainly not the worst episode of How to Get Away with Murder (that belongs to some of Season 1B's episodes), but it is the weakest finale of the three that we've had. Season 1 gave us a compelling mystery that made sense within the boundaries of the show, Season 2 gave us a look at Annalise and an intriguing idea about who killed Wallace Mahoney, and Season 3 gives us what is sure to be a convoluted and complicated Season 4. I'll still be watching, but with a lot less faith in Pete Nowalk.

+Viola Davis

+Annalise's final scene

+Wes's death scene was well-handled

+Annalise confronts Sylvia

+Michaela loves Asher!!!

-Felt a lot like meandering

-Denver was totally unbelievable

-Connor isn't the bad guy here

8.2/10.


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